Gregarious George and buoyant Barbarouses led the way in Broxham’s 250th milestone match with Melbourne Victory

Ok, Jennifer admits this was her virginal visit to the Rectangular Stadium. But she’s happy to confess that, contrary to being a diehard Australian Rules fan since eight years of age, Jennifer is now a convert – not only to the stadium but also to the A-League! [Includes a newly penned song from Jen too – Ed]

Almanac Soccer: 2017 – A Nothing Year in Australian Football

Lack of coverage, crowds and cooperation is keeping soccer in Australia from a bright future writes Dr. Cruel.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 16

Dennis Gedling with an overview of Round 16 of the A-League season which introduces us to a new word: thunderbastard. [Definitions please – Ed]

Almanac Soccer: War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 15

Scarily, Sydney FC and Adrian Mierzejewski are just hitting their straps – will anyone stop them?

War and Peace (and A-League)-Round 14

Dennis reports on the half way point of the season that sees Sydney FC still clearly the best side in the A-League, though given a bloody nose by the Jets, Victory having their march stalled, and the Glory, well, is just being the Glory.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 13

Victory clawed their way to some good form, Sydney FC continue to torch the earth as they march on like a footballing General Sherman and fireworks only over the harbour in Gosford for the New Year’s round of the A-League. Dennis Gedling reports.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 12

Dennis Gedling runs his eye over Round 12 in the A League and doesn’t have a lot of good things to say about Western Sydney. Meanwhile SFC march on with Bobo registering an away hat-trick.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 11

Dennis Gedling on A-League Round 11 – includes stories of farcical video reviews, love handles, squeaky bum time, Sacred Cow of the Round and Arse Clown of the Round [Do yourself a favour – Ed].

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 10

Dennis Gedling looks at Round 10 of the A-League and finds memorable and forgettable moments with Sydney FC flexing their collective muscle yet again.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 9

Dennis Gedling reports on Round 9 of the A-League, where, worryingly, an average of just 7,445 fans attended each of the five games in this round.

Australia v Iran 1997: What happens when a sport bets the house and loses

As the 17th anniversary of Australia v Iran ticks by, Vaughan Menlove shares his memories of that World Cup qualifier at the MCG. He remains haunted. [And with a debt to pay…? – Ed] [First published Nov 29 2014, reprised Nov 29, 2o17]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 8

Dennie Gedling’s comprehensive wrap of Round 8 in the A-League – which was not without its action and controversy.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 7

Dennis Gedling gives A-League Round 7 a thorough going-over.

The FIFA World Cup Qualification Wrap (Final Edition)

After 868 games over 6 continents and featuring 209 countries for 31 spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup we now finally have our final 32 teams. The final round of play offs had more nils than a Swedish phonebook reports Dennis Gedling. [This is a massive, comprehensive report which will leave you well and truly in the know – Ed]

Bailey Wright Wright Wright

Few people had heard of Bailey Wright when the Almanac’s own talent scout John Green found him for Ange Postecoglou. Now Bailey will be a key defender on the world stage at Russia 2018. Congrats Bailey, Ange and JG – worth revisiting his prescient article. (2014 Intro – Bailey Wright can now take his place at the Socceroos training camp in Terrigal, but only because Preston North End’s promotion campaign is over, writes Lilywhites’ fan John Green. You may recall John’s visit to Preston and his interview with Bailey White over the Australian summer – Ed]

Another Bout of Sudden Death Sickness with the Socceroos

Declan Fay recalls a few classic World Cup qualifier moments – or half recalls them and half imagines them. But as you read this he is making his way to Sydney for the Honduras-Socceroos Sudden Death play off, the prospect of which has had an observable impact on his health. [Good to hear from you again. And you are Kennett-less in this case. JTH]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 6

Dennis Gedling walks us through the weekend’s A-League action, which saw a new and unexpected leader rise to the top of the pile.

Almanac Soccer History: Remember the ’93 Socceroos

Dennis Gedling gets us in the mood for the Socceroos-Honduras World Cup qualifier with this story of the Socceroos 1993 campaign. [Terrific historical account from a fan’s perspective – JTH]

Almanac Soccer: When the Socceroos* went to war

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament in Saigon at the start of November 1967. Historian Roy Hay tells the story. (*The term Socceroos actually came a few years after 1967)

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 5

The round might have been uninspiring, but Dennis Gedling’s wrap of Round 5 is anything but.